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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

Drop in "Coffee and Conversation"

Every Monday 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. at the Congregational Chapel (behind Santander Bank) starting September 12.  Hospitality (snacks) will be free and provided by The Friends of the COA.  Our aim is to provide a regular casual social outlet -- coffee/tea and a snack, communal conversation, a place to get information about COA services and programs.  We may play some cards, do a big jig saw puzzle, knit, play checkers or just chat – we are going to go with whatever works. 

Seniors who need van transportation for this can call the COA at 978 526 7500 to arrange.

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"My affairs" encompass everything from assets (real estate, bank accounts, investments, and retirement accounts) to the necessary Health Care Proxy and Powers of Attorney to trusts, wills, and ownership designation. Who gets what.  Joanne MacInnis writes about why this is important, and what you should be thinking about as you get a handle on your "affairs," and what can go wrong.

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COA to the Malls

On Friday, September 9, the Manchester COA van will be going to the Peabody and Danvers Malls.  Seniors can pick between the North Shore Mall or Liberty Tree Mall.  The van will start picking up seniors around 10 a.m.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

Thinking about uncomfortable things and considering options in making difficult and consequential decisions is…let’s face it…best left until tomorrow. Unless it is not.

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The Walk Massachusetts Challenge: You Can Do It!

This year, the challenge is open to everyone aged five years and up in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Walk with your family or friends, or on your own!  The challenge runs from May 1 to October 31.  In that time, as you complete the challenge, you are entered into a drawing for a gift card.  For each person who completes their challenge, your Council on Aging gets an entry to win up to $1,000 for use with fitness programming.  Go to online and register.  Then choose a challenge based on a Commonwealth of Massachusetts fun fact.  Then, enter your walking on the same website between May 1 and October 31.

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The Walk Massachusetts Challenge: You Can Do It!

This year, the challenge is open to everyone aged five years and up in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Walk with your family or friends, or on your own!  The challenge runs from May 1 to October 31.  In that time, as you complete the challenge, you are entered into a drawing for a gift card.  For each person who completes their challenge, your Council on Aging gets an entry to win up to $1,000 for use with fitness programming.  Go to online and register.  Then choose a challenge based on a Commonwealth of Massachusetts fun fact.  Then, enter your walking on the same website between May 1 and October 31.

Most of us have some experience with a loved one at the end of life.  For many of us, it was an experience that left us deeply moved, profoundly grateful, and maybe even enlightened.  As the largest hospice in Massachusetts, it’s possible your loved one had Care Dimensions for Palliative and Hospice Care.  Joanne MacInnis sits down with Stephanie Patel, MD, MBA, FAAHPM, HMDC of Care Dimensions about the “wild world of healthcare” and hospice services.

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Manchester Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, check out the schedule and reach out to the COA.

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Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. have opened a world that can track our genetics and family stories with amazing results.  The only thing those platforms are missing is the narrative.

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The Walk Massachusetts Challenge: You Can Do It!

This year, the challenge is open to everyone aged 5 years and up in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Walk with your family or friends, or on your own!  The challenge runs from May 1 to October 31.  In that time, as you complete the challenge, you are entered into a drawing for a gift card.  For each person who completes their challenge, your Council on Aging gets an entry to win up to $1000 for use with fitness programming.  Go to online and register.  Then choose a challenge based on a Commonwealth of Massachusetts fun fact.  Then, enter your walking on the same website between May 1 and October 31.

The Walk Massachusetts Challenge: You Can Do It!

This year, the challenge is open to everyone aged 5 years and up in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Walk with your family or friends, or on your own!  The challenge runs from May 1 to October 31.  In that time, as you complete the challenge, you are entered into a drawing for a gift card.  For each person who completes their challenge, your Council on Aging gets an entry to win up to $1000 for use with fitness programming.  Go to online and register.

Mental health issues, regardless of age, remain a taboo subject. 

Despite all the education and disclosure of struggle from those in the public eye, whether film stars, musicians, or politicians, there remains a stigma.  Children, adolescents, and young adults have made the news currently and in the recent past, as we enter a time of epidemic proportions of mental health crises that affect this age group.

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

The advent of the good weather seems to have arrived.

Maybe you had your opening season backyard cookout over the weekend.  Perhaps your event was the first outing of the season for some of your elder friends and family.  If so, what was their experience?  Were they delighted to be participating?  Did they have limited energy and tire quickly, or were they the last to leave?  Did it seem easy and relaxing for them, or was it challenging to connect and participate in the conversation?  Did it energize them, was it exhausting, or both?

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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From their hands to ours: it's why we wear our mother's jewelry and use our father's key chain, putter, and lucky hat.  We play lottery numbers using loved ones' ages or birthdates.  I have my mother's license in my wallet.  Why, you ask?  I don't have a good answer.